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Two-day RWM to be bolstered by partner shows after sale

RWM, the waste management industry’s leading trade show, has been bought by events organiser The PRYSM Group, which is to co-locate the show with its range of environmental conferences.

Two-day RWM to be bolstered by partner shows after sale
The show, which will continue to be run in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), will now only be held across two days, and will be held on 12-13 September this year, rather than starting on the 11 September as previously advertised.

Bristol-based PRYSM has acquired the show from Ascential PLC, though commercial terms have not been disclosed.

Following the acquisition of the show, PRYSM has announced that it will be moving its entire collection of environmental exhibitions to the NEC to run alongside RWM. The European Contamination Series, which includes the Hazardous Waste Expo, the Spill Response Expo and Land Remediation Expo, as well as the Flood Expo and Marine and Coastal Civil Engineering Expo, will all run alongside the conference.

According to the organisers, over 500 exhibitors and 10,000 visitors travel to RWM every year, but with exhibitors reportedly worried about dwindling numbers, the addition of the portofolio of shows will ensure a greater catchment of visitors.

PRYSM also says it will be investing in new features for the show. Event Director Nick Woore said: "We know we have a huge amount of work to do over the next nine months, but the team and I are working night and day on this and are extremely excited about delivering a world class event that the entire industry can be truly proud of. We are working on a huge amount of new content, features, summits and must see speakers to RWM to add new dimensions to the event."

“Waste, recycling and resource management is crucial to all of our lives and the significant contribution that this dynamic and innovative sector can make to the economy is increasingly being recognised by governments and industry.”

CIWM Chief Executive Colin Church added: “This is an exciting development for RWM and CIWM looks forward to working in partnership with PRYSM to ensure that the show goes from strength to strength as the premiere showcase for the resources and waste management sector. We welcome PRYSM’s decision to invest in expanding its environmental business and there are clear synergies with other events in the PRYSM stable that will further broaden RWM’s reach and relevance.”

2018 looks to be a busy year for the waste and resources industry, with government policy expected to be in the spotlight with the long-delayed 25-Year Environment Plan and a specific Resources and Waste Strategy promised by Defra. Added to the ongoing scrutiny of Brexit and questions over how the recently-agreed Circular Economy Package might be implemented in the UK, the year seems set to deliver changes to the industry and require joined-up thinking to ensure it is ready to respond.

Responding on Twitter to the news of RWM’s acquisition, Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director at waste firm SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK wrote: ‘Really important the show continues to evolve & represent the industry today & tomorrow. Huge changes have happened and continue to happen in the industry & this event & other events/conferences need to change with the sector as well.’